International Students

Application Process

We welcome students from all countries and look forward to providing a unique learning and living experience at one of our campuses across Nova Scotia.

The process for international applicants differs from that for Canadian citizens and permanent residents/landed immigrants. You will follow the standard Admission process, but with a few additional requirements as outlined below.

Additional information is available in the 2016/2017 Guidebook for International Students.

Studying in Canada

International applicants require a valid study permit to study in Canada. If you currently have a valid study permit, please provide this information on your application.

NSCC is a Designated Learning Institution. Our DLI Number, required for your study permit application, is O19091820452.

Language Requirements

All NSCC programs are delivered in English. All applicants must comply with the guidelines for documentation and for demonstrating English language proficiency as outlined in the Admission Requirements sections on language requirements and Transcripts & Required Documentation.

Application Fee

A new application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee. The fee is $75 for applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit

Once you are admitted, you must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit within the timeframe indicated in your email from NSCC or risk losing your seat in the program. The deposit is $400, which counts toward your tuition and confirms your intention to enrol.

Tuition, Fees, Scholarships & Bursaries

Tuition for domestic students is subsidized by the Government of Nova Scotia. Tuition for international students is not subsidized. In addition, there is an International Student Fee of $1000, which is used to support internationalization at NSCC. See NSCC Tuition, Fees & Costs for more information, including our refund policy.

International students are able to apply for NSCC scholarships and bursaries.

You can pay fees with a credit card through the "Make a Payment" service in your MyNSCC account or contact Admissions to pay by phone with a credit card.

Co-operative Education (Co-op) Course Tuition

Co-op is an academic course and students are required to pay the course tuition for one unit, which is $998 for international students.

This charge is in addition to the regular tuition fee for the program of study and is payable with tuition if the co-op is a "mandatory" requirement of the program. If it is "non-mandatory", once the co-op placement has been confirmed and the student is enrolled, the co-op fee is due at least twenty days before the co-op placement actually begins.

Mandatory Health and Dental Plan

International students will automatically be enrolled in the International Students Health Insurance plan. This emergency coverage is mandatory in order to be accepted at NSCC. The annual premium for 2016-2017 (subject to change) is $650.

Students who have lived in Nova Scotia for 12 continuous months and meet other eligibility requirements may apply for the Nova Scotia Health Card (MSI) and the Student Health & Dental preventative plan. The annual premium for 2016-2017 (subject to change) is $242. If you have questions about the Nova Scotia Health Card, please contact the Nova Scotia Department of Health toll-free at 1-800-563-8880. If you already have a Nova Scotia Health Card, please contact your campus for details.


Contact Admissions for additional information.

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Phone: 902-491-4911
Toll-free: 1-866-679-6722

Hours of Operation

(Atlantic Time)

Monday to Thursday:
8 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address

NSCC Admissions
P.O. Box 220
Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

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